Mane, Salah Put Liverpool Three Wins Shy Of Title With Bournemouth Victory

Liverpool moved within touching distance of a first league title in 30 years after they rallied to beat relegation-threatened Bournemouth 2-1 at Anfield on Saturday.

The win saw Jurgen Klopp’s side recover from back-to-back defeats and lifts them 25 points clear of second-placed Manchester City, who face Manchester United on Sunday in one of their two games in hand on the Premier League leaders.

The Reds recent struggles which have seen them lose three of their last four games in all competitions looked to come to the fore again as they fell behind to a Callum Wilson’s goal from Jefferson Lerma’s low cross.

There was a hint of controversy about the goal as it appeared Wilson had shoved Liverpool defender Joe Gomez in the build-up to the goal.

But Liverpool soon took control of proceedings and Mohamed Salah – making his 100th league appearance for the club – restored parity with a low finish after Sadio Mane dispossessed Jack Simpson deep inside the Cherries’ half.

Mane latched on to Virgil van Dijk’s perfectly-weighted through-ball to complete the turnaround, but the hosts needed a brilliant goal-line clearance from James Milner to prevent Ryan Fraser from hauling Bournemouth back on level terms in a nervy second half.

Eddie Howe’s side remain in the relegation zone, level on points with Watford and West Ham but with a worse goal difference than their nearest rivals at the bottom.